The Rip-N-Ride Learn to Ride program

  • Learn to Ski / Ride

    Water Ski and Wakeboard Cananda’s Rip’n Ride program is a fun, safe, and standardized national towed water sports skill development program. This program is designed to teach everyone the skills needed to have fun on the water from qualified, skilled instructors.

    Tournament water skiing can seem intimating at first but with the relaxed rules and extra falls this is a great first tourament experience. You will start to learn and progress with people that understand FUN.

    Never water skied before!!! The Rid’n Ride program is for you.
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  • The Program

    Rip‘n Ride helps participants develop the fundamental skills necessary in towed water sports. The program leads participants through a safe and effective progression and encourages you to try various disciplines. Once you complete the skills on one card you can move up to the next level.

    At a Rip’n Ride Event, participants will be encouraged to complete skill cards, see below, based on their varied skill level and encouraged to the next skill level.

    The various towed water sports taught through Rip‘n Ride include Water Ski, Slalom, Trick, Jump, Barefoot, Wakeboard and Wakeskate.

    Thomas Daigle
    Under 21 Team Men Slalom Men Tricks Men Jump Quebec Team Men Overall

    Thomas Daigle

    Ryan Dodd
    Men Jump Alberta Team Elite Team

    Ryan Dodd

    Dorien Llewellyn
    Men Slalom Men Tricks Elite Team Men Jump Men Overall Alberta Team

    Dorien Llewellyn

    Jaret Llewellyn
    Men Slalom Men Tricks Elite Team Men Jump Men Overall Alberta Team

    Jaret Llewellyn

    Jason McClintock
    Men Slalom Men Tricks Elite Team Ontario Team

    Jason McClintock

    Stephen Neveu
    Men Slalom Alberta Team

    Stephen Neveu

    Conley Pinette
    Under 17 Team British Columbia Men Slalom Men Tricks Men Jump Men Overall

    Conley Pinette

    Jonah Shaffer
    Ontario Team Men Slalom

    Jonah Shaffer

    Guillaume Tetreault
    Men Tricks Quebec Team

    Guillaume Tetreault

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    • Contact US: ripnride@waterski-wakeboard.ca
  • Ski Ability

    Are you “ski-able”? Absolutely. Everyone is “ski-able.” Thanks to extensive work done by a number of key individuals, water ski equipment and training is available for people of all abilities. Your next question should be: “Is my local ski school, camp, or club “ski-able”?

    Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) officially launched SkiAbility in June 2005. The program focuses on increasing participation in water skiing and other towed water sports for persons with a disability.

    There is an estimated 3.4 million Canadians with a disability. Currently, this population is under-represented in the world of towed water sports, largely for reasons of limited access, minimal programming and lack of awareness and knowledge on the part of both activity providers and persons with a disability.

    In Our Values, which you can find under Who We Are on the main WSWC website, WSWC professes the belief that

    every person has a right to participate in sport and pursue excellence. To meet that end, SkiAbility program leaders are located across the country, either working at their own schools/clubs, or ready to deliver clinics upon demand.

    A common misconception is that SkiAbility programs only cater to sit-skiers. This is simply not true. SkiAbility is a program designed to be inclusive to all members of the disabled community whether physically or intellectually disabled. Across Canada, we have athletes participating and competing in wakeboarding, barefoot and all forms of classic water skiing with visual impairments and leg and/or arm amputations in addition to sit skiers.

    For those clubs who are not yet “ski-able”, now is the time to take that step. One in twelve Canadians has a disability. Don’t be fooled by the “dis” in disability. Most individuals with a disability are not only thrilled to get involved in sport, but once involved are enthusiastic ambassadors that want to share the passion.

    You simply need to extend the invitation. Bringing water sports to all people is what SkiAbility is all about.

    We can’t do this without your support! Help us demonstrate that everyone has the right to participate in sport and get out there and ask your local ski school if they are “ski-able.”

    SkiAbility is made possible with the financial assistance of Sport Canada’s Sport Participation Development Program.

    Provincial Ski Ability Leaders

    Haliburton, Ontario

    Haliburton, Ontario

    One such “ski-able” school operates out of Haliburton, Ontario. Craig Bowker at Ski-Mazing Water Sports and his crew were trained last year and have access to equipment when needed. Craig can be contacted at craig@skiwakefootschool.com

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    Québec

    Québec

    In Québec, the Eastern Townships Disabled Skiers Foundation has been in operation since the inception of SkiAbility in 2005. Benoit Lessard, one of our adapted national team athletes, got his start with the ETDSF program. For more information on this program, please contact Peter Treacy atptreacy@fshe.org.

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Ottawa, Ontario

    SkiAbility Ottawa services the Ottawa Valley with a summer-long program. Created in 2005, the program has doubled in size each year and is excited to meet the growing demand of adapted towed water sports. For more information on this program, please contact SAOinfo@gmail.com or visit www.skiabilityottawa.ca.

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    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    SkiAbility was launched in Nova Scotia during the summer of 2005 and clinics have taken place each summer since then. Beginner and recreational clinics are held approximately 2-3 times throughout the summer on Lake Charles in Dartmouth. In the coming years, the goal is to expand to a more regular, competitive program, while still having a beginner component and to branch out to do clinics all over Nova Scotia. For more information on SkiAbility opportunities in Nova Scotia, please contact Shannon Bowie at bowie_shannon@hotmail.com.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    There are also excellent programs up and running in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In the Winnipeg area there are regular open nights on Thursdays (a great way to try out SkiAbility for the first time). For more info, contact Darrin Luke at dsluke@shaw.ca.

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan also has an excellent program in Saskatoon and is planning a clinic in the Regina area. For information on SkiAbility opportunities in Saskatchewan, please contact LeRoss Calnek at leross@calnek.com.

    Training "Ski-Ability" New Instructors

    Training "Ski-Ability" New Instructors